That place is a joke. Always has been.
Went on a 200 mile trip in the Beetle today... Extremely disappointed.
My drivers seat and my door panel creak and squeak.
My selt belt warning light randomly kept coming on beeping... Super annoying. Absolutely nothing in the interior of my car minus my own person.
The deck lid in the rear kept squeaking.
Window noise above 70 mph.
A/C issues. Basically sometimes if I set it in-between feet and chest it doesn't blow hard, so I have to turn it 360 until it does.
Same old window issues.
Rough ride on ok highway, due to the rear beam.
Engaging reverse is never certain, sometimes it even makes a very loud clunk.
This thing is a huge POS.
I am trying to stay positive, so yesterday I spent 4 hours detailing it by hand.
I keep watching your thread hoping for some good news about the car and more importantly your situation is solved in the best possible manner. Maybe I am a bit naive in my thoughts, but I really thought VW would be able to bring the Beetle to the market without major issues.
Durapore tape on all mating surfaces. Problem solved.
Aonarch - I'm trying to stay positive too. Other things in life are keeping much to busy to pursue any more action with the Beetle at the moment. My window has actually been working 99% of the time since the last service visit (just jinxed myself)...but that rattle/thunk in the rear half of the car is annoying to the bone, and frankly embarrassing when I have others in my "new" car. Oh, and I'm with you on the wind noise, that was the first thing I noticed after coming from what seems now, a much more refined 2010 GTI.
That being said, I still loved the fact a guy in a Porsche Panamera was giving the Turbo the once over while stuck in traffic today and giving me a thumbs up.
Just spoke with my service adviser. As some have already pointed out. VW's cure to the window issue is to simply not use your windows, or each time you use your windows to reset the motors. So he told me we cannot fix your windows...
I will definitely be calling my attorney on this one. Power windows are a standard feature of the vehicle, and should work properly.
I am sorry to hear you are having so many issues with your Beetle. Mine is an earlier build: 7/11 (if I can assume the date inside the driver's side door is correct). Yet, other than the window issues, have not had very many problems w/mine.
Guess it's the luck of the draw...
Please keep us posted on the outcome.
"Just look at those wheels!"
Oh also my glove box was molded incorrectly. It does not line up at all, reminds me of a Ford Ranger.